Councillors from across the political spectrum in Edinburgh are adding their signatures to a UK-wide Tree Charter for Trees, Woods and People today. This makes them the first local authority in Scotland to do so.
Elected members from all parties are signing the Charter today. This is alongside a meeting of the Full Council at Edinburgh’s City Chambers on the Royal Mile.
Signing the Charter was first proposed in a motion to Council by Green Group Councillor Claire Miller on 22 November 2018.
Cllr McVey said:
“Edinburgh is the UK’s greenest city, with more trees than people, more green space than anywhere in the country and more green flag parks than anywhere else for people to enjoy. Since we took office in June 2017 there are 7,000 more trees in Edinburgh as we’ve ramped up our tree planting programme. It’s crucial that our trees are accessible and a constant feature in our urban and rural landscape to keep our city healthy, beautiful and rich in biodiversity.
“Our support for the Tree Charter’s ten principles is a public demonstration of our commitment in this regard. I would urge everyone who loves trees and wants them to continue to thrive in Edinburgh to sign it as well.”
Woodland Trust Scotland Director Carol Evans said:
“Trees and woods deserve to be at the centre of national decision making, and back at the heart of our lives and communities. We are delighted to see the City of Edinburgh Council support the Tree Charter. As the first local authority in Scotland to do so, they are committing to a set of principles which will guide best practice and ensure the role of woods and trees in our lives is widely recognised. We would love to see other local authorities follow their lead.”
The Tree Charter sets out ten key principles which signatories are demonstrating they agree with and, where applicable, that they are committed to embedding in their work or approach.
– Sustain landscapes rich in wildlife
– Plant for the future
– Celebrate the power of trees to inspire
– Recover health, hope and wellbeing with the power of trees
– Protect irreplaceable trees and woods
– Grow forests of opportunity and innovation
– Plan greener local landscapes
– Strengthen our landscapes with trees
– Make trees accessible to all
– Combat the threats to our habitats
To sign up to the Tree Charter click here.